Not my catchiest title, but I’m still not that creative or witty. I think we all know about what’s been happening on social media lately with all of the bot drama, so I don’t really need to go into that, as it has been everywhere. Seriously the whole thing blew up, and for good reason.
The situation got me thinking about my time on social media, and what I’ve done in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I have never and I mean never paid for anything to gain an audience, likes, followers, etc. There are many reasons why. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Why pay for numbers online when you can buy something better, or even save that money for travelling or something important? Plus isn’t part of the fun of blogging seeing the growth, seeing actual people like your content and wanting to follow you and interact with the stuff that you produce?
I did however do the follow and unfollow thing. Yes, gasp, shock, horror. That was me; sorry about that. I’ve learnt my lesson, and I realise how annoying it is. Sometimes growing seems impossible, but spamming (and being annoying) isn’t the solution. I used to follow a bunch of people, wait about a day and then unfollow everyone that didn’t follow me back. Typing and admitting that feels a little shameful, but hey it happened.
Ready for bombshell number two? I used Auto DM’s. I know, I don’t know why writing this is making me cringe so much, but it’s another thing that happened. Way back in late 2015/ early 2016 I thought these were great. I remember reading a post or two that said they worked, and as annoying as they are, you will get the odd person who will take a look. It’s bad advice, it’s annoying. When I used them I would respond to other people’s as I felt hypocritical, but now I give them a skip. I reply to a few, as sometimes I’m looking for someone new to watch on YouTube or a new a blog to read, but 99% get deleted. I also think it’s super important to reply to the people who reply to your auto messages, as some people don’t and to me that comes across as a little rude? I don’t know, just something I’m not keen on; a thank you goes a long way.
Instagram pods seem to be coming up a lot as well because of the whole algorithm thing, and I’m involved in a few of those, but people seem to have mixed opinions. I for one love them, as it’s a great chance to interact with other bloggers, but some people feel like it’s cheating the system. What do you think about them?
Overall, If people want to follow you then they will, and if they don’t then they don’t. It’s just a number, yeah hitting milestones are great and everyone wants to grow, as seeing people enjoy your content is amazing. You shouldn’t need to pay for a higher number, and it genuinely baffles me that people would pay to increase a number or to have someone liking random and dodgy pictures on your account. If someone wasn’t clued up on this whole bot thing, they’ll be thinking you’re into some really weird shit.
I know this is a little different, to the usual reviews, hauls, etc. I just didn’t fancy writing about any of that and this just came easier after a long day. Plus it’s nice to get this out in the open and throw my two cents into the mix. It may be a little late and sorry for dragging this up again, but I fancied writing something a little different, so here we are.
I would love to hear what you think, and if you ever did anything or still do something that everybody hates.
Thank you for reading (and I promise that we’ll be back to the usual stuff soon)